Resources for Health Care Providers
Every health care provider can play a critical role in helping end this pandemic. Find resources below, and let us know if you have questions.
Public Health issues time-sensitive public health updates to health care providers. See the most recent advisories below.
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||Reminder for Interpreting Valley Fever Test Results
||This state guidance speaks to PPE use and other preparedness guidance from frontline health care providers who could possibly encounter patients suspected of Ebola virus disease.
||Early RSV and Seasonal Influenza Activity
||CDC Update on Ebola Outbreak in Uganda and State Webinar on Preparedness for Frontline Healthcare Facilities
||Increased Respiratory Virus Activity, Especially Among Children, Early in the 2022-2023 Fall and Winter
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California Health Alert Network (CAHAN)
CAHAN is California’s web-based information and communications system for distrubuting health alerts, disseminating treatment and guidelines, coordinating disease investigation efforts, preparedness planning, and other initiatives that strengthen state and local preparedness.
Many patients with COVID-19 can recover at home without prescription treatment. But for some people who have certain health conditions or are age 65 and older, prescription treatment may be an important help.
Currently, health care providers in SLO County are asked to prioritize patients in Tiers 1-4 of the National Institutes of Health COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines for Patient Prioritization for access to treatment; this includes those age 65+ and those of any age with health conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19.
Treatment within the first 24-48 hours of symptom onset is ideal. Encourage your patients to test for COVID-19 early (at the first symptoms) and five days after a known exposure.
See COVID-19 Treatments
NIH has released treatment guidelines for the therapeutic management of nonhospitalized adults with COVID-19. It includes several options:
Where to find COVID-19 treatments locally:
For more information about treatments:
Rapid antigen tests for COVID are increasingly available to patients at local pharmacies, with health plans now required to cover the costs.
COVID-19 Testing for Medical Providers. Please use the COVID-19 Testing Referral Form to request testing for medical providers in SLO County.
Outbreak Response Testing and Other Testing Support. For consultation regarding response to an outbreak, please contact [email protected] or call 805-781-5500. For questions regarding testing support and supplies, please contact [email protected].
No-cost community testing sites are available across San Luis Obispo County. These sites provide antigen tests and laboratory-based PCR testing for the public at no cost to the patient. For those who have health insurance, information will be collected when registering for an appointment and no co-pay is required. There is no charge for those without insurance. See locations and sign up for a free COVID-19 test.
Find COVID-19 Testing
Please use the COVID-19 Confidential Morbidity Report to report a case of COVID-19.
Report a COVID-19 Case
Isolation and Quarantine
Providers may refer to isolation and quarantine guidance when advising patients on their isolation and quarantine requirements and duration.
See Isolation and Quarantine Guidance
You can also refer patients to the COVID-19 Navigator, which can help guide them through their next steps.
Use COVID-19 Navigator
Additional resources for you and your patients
Print resources for your practice
Below are some print resources to communicate information about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine. Below you will find ready-to-use resources that can be shared with the populations you work with. Not seeing the information that you need? Contact us and let us know!
Vaccines continue to be the best line of defense against infection with COVID-19. Fully-vaccinated and boosted patients have significantly less risk of complications and death.
COVID-19 vaccine schedule. See the COVID-19 vaccine schedule timing by age from Vaccinate All 58.
Schedule and doses for immune compromised patients. The vaccination schedule for certain immunocompromised patients (see list of medical conditions) includes several different intervals.
Public Health clinics are available to provide the additional vaccine doses recommended for immune compromised patients if they have trouble accessing additional doses at local pharmacies.
CDC has also provided new guidelines for mRNA vaccination of boys and men ages 12-39. To stay current on updated vaccination guidelines, see the CDC's Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of Covid-19 Vaccines.
More vaccine resources:
Apply to Receive Doses from the State
To receive State doses, local providers, medical groups, health systems, multi-county entities, pharmacies, and HRSA community health centers will enroll in myCAvax. Your application will be reviewed and verified by CDPH prior to approval. There are grant funds available to help offset costs through CalVaxGrant.
How We Can Help
SLO Public Health can provide an in-person enrollment coach, if needed, to walk you through each step of the myCAvax enrollment process. We can also provide your clinic with technical assistance and staff training on vaccine storage and handling.
Contact us if you would like to receive this technical assistance; it is provided at no cost.
Healthcare personnel of all types can have a powerful influence on their families and communities, which is why it’s critical to be are well-informed about COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine confidence and uptake among your staff is also important for the health of your patients, coworkers, and community. The following communication resources are specifically designed for engaging health care personnel.
How We Can Help
SLO Public Health is available to come to your office to discuss COVID-19 vaccines with your staff and to answer their questions in a friendly and non-judgmental way. We can also provide you with print materials, such as posters and handouts (see below). Contact us if you would like our free assistance.
CDC Communications Tools and Resources
Healthcare providers play a critical role in helping inform and educate patients about COVID-19 vaccination and assuring them that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
Your strong recommendation is key. Your answers to questions matter and will help patients make an informed decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccination.
See other content available to our partners.
How We Can Help
SLO Public Health can provide you with printed patient handouts and posters for your clinic. Contact us to request resources.
Our mobile vaccine unit can come directly to you to provide vaccines to your patients.
As part of the County’s Health Equity Initiative, applications will be prioritized for regions and communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. For more information or to request a mobile clinic, please contact [email protected].
Sharing your own personal thoughts and experience with the COVID-19 vaccine is impactful for the people in your care and the community as a whole. We encourage you to share your insight at community events or via local media.
Include one of our video PSAs about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines or what to expect at your vaccine appointment in your next newsletter. Offer to answer questions about the vaccines, or direct them to our FAQ page.
How We Can Help
Feel free to share our content and resources (social media, educational materials, flyers, etc.) Contact us if you would like print materials or other free assistance.
California State Law requires health care workers to be boosted as soon as they're eligible.
For mandate details, see the Orders & Guidance page.
To schedule a booster dose or see appointment options, see the Where to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine page.